Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Art History

First Advisor

Andrea Stone

Second Advisor

Jennifer Johung

Keywords

Cahuachi, Discourse, Nasca

Abstract

This paper looks at the ancient Peruvian culture of the Nasca and discusses the ceramic iconography in terms of lived experience. By understanding the images as "discourse," a term from the philosopher Michel Foucault, scholars can begin to contextualize the iconography not simply as bearers of esoteric meaning, but sociopolitical statements regarding how the ancient peoples experienced their world.